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Posted by Andria Harris on Feb 16, 2013

It is usually a good thing to identify what is making the client or patient irritated, depress, sad, fatigue and lonely.
Many patients, after a surgical procedure, decide that home care is more private and economically effective, and therefore decide to invite caregivers into their private spaces at home instead of checking into a Rehab or Nursing home. When this happen clients/patients, are looking for the best, the Caregiver who exceeds their expectations and who is always willing to go the extra mile.
How do you exceed their expectations?
One way to do this is to find out as much as possible about the procedure and how best to care and manipulate the expected rehabilitation process.
Study their emotions and encourage an activity that is soothing and calming and that they will accept.
It is true that when a patient/client is discharged from the hospital they are usually very tired and sometimes a bit disoriented and because of the nature of some procedures they are not able to take a bath or shower immediately. One activity that may be suitable is to encourage a warm feet soak and gentle legs and feet massage.
There is always an obvious necessity to do something extra at this time and it is up to the caregiver to put him or herself in to the shoes of the patient/client and introduce something effective. It could be as simple as listening as they talk about their hospital ordeal or even giving a gentle back rubs!
It is incredibly heartwarming to see the reaction and feel the accepting emotions when your client/patient realizes that you fully understand, and is aware of what he or she is feeling or going through!

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